Pedestrian struck by car in Hurricane in critical condition; driver faces multiple charges

ST. GEORGE — A Hurricane woman faces a felony negligent driving offense and suspected DUI following a crash early Friday morning that left a 23-year-old man seriously injured.

A gold Mini Cooper sustained frontal damage after striking a pedestrian who was seriously injured on West 100 South in Hurricane, June 30, 2023 | Photo courtesy of the Hurricane Police Department, St. George News

Brianna Marie Boykin, 20, was arrested and booked into jail shortly after 6 a.m. Friday following a collision that resulted in the deployment of the county’s accident reconstruction team.

Boykin faces several charges, including one third-degree felony count of negligently operating a motor vehicle resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor DUI, minor in possession of alcohol and paraphernalia, driving without insurance and an infraction for driving left of center, according to a statement released Friday by the Hurricane Police Department.

The arrest stems from a crash reported shortly after 2 a.m. Friday when officers responded to the scene in the area of 6425 West 100 South, just southeast of state Route 9 in Hurricane. They arrived to find a critically injured 23-year-old male who was transported to St. George Regional Hospital by ambulance.

Investigators from the Washington County Accident Reconstruction Team worked throughout the night. They determined that “impairment combined with speed and possible reckless driving” on the part of the driver played a significant role in this incident.

Investigators also found there were two other passengers in the vehicle Boykin was driving, both of whom were no longer at the scene when officers arrived. One other pedestrian walking in the roadway with the victim was gone by the time emergency personnel arrived.

Boykin is on a nine-month plea and abeyance agreement with the courts after she was charged with reckless driving on Feb. 25. During a hearing held two weeks prior to the crash, the court ordered the charge to be held in abeyance and then dismissed if she complied with the courts and had no further violations for a nine-month period ending in February 2024.

Investigators believe the individuals involved in Friday’s incident may have attended a party in the area of the Shadow Ridge Subdivision earlier that evening and are seeking the public’s help with the investigation.

Anyone who has information that may help to identify the witnesses or any information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Hurricane  City Police Department 435-635-9663 and reference incident No. 23-H004430.

According to authorities, the pedestrian remains in the hospital in critical condition and Boykin remains in custody. The case was turned over to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review.

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